Commercial Invoices & Shipping Documents

As of October 5th, 2015, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC will only legalize and authenticate commercial documents that have been submitted for Document Verification to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, the Embassy of the UAE's exclusive Verification Agent, at their Washington, DC office. Instructions for this two-step process are below.

Document Verification by Akin Gump

For detailed Document Verification instructions, fee information, and relevant forms, please click here. The office is located on 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1564. For any inquiries, the phone number is 202-416-5250 and email is

Documents certified by any other entity will not be accepted nor legalized by the Consulate. Please note the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) certification stamp will no longer be accepted after October 9th, 2015.

Consulate Legalization and Authentication Requirements and Fees

Requirements for Commercial Invoices

  • Payments must be made with a Visa or MasterCard in person at the Consulate or online through the the E-payment Gateway found on the Ministry's main website, here.
  • A Certificate of Origin ($40.84 fee for each)
  • Commercial invoice fee (see below)
  • Invoices must have the total amount stated in US dollars
  • Any other certificate, as required


Note: The Consulate is no longer accepting money orders or cashier's checks. You can pay the appropriate fee with a Visa or MasterCard in person at the Consulate.

You can also process payments online through the E-payment Gateway found on the Ministry's main website. For convenience, we posted the links below.

If you choose to pay online, please be sure to bring your payment confirmation email and reference number with your documents. To avoid any delay please make sure that the fees are appropriately calculated per the table below:

E-payment Gateway Individual Services:

E-payment Gateway Business Services:

See the following table and fee calculator to determine the correct fee.

IMPORTANT: Please call the Consulate at 212-697-0439 to confirm the appropriate fee.

Value of Invoice ($) Fee ($)
1 - 2,733 27.33
2,734 - 8,200 54.67
8,201- 16,400 109.33
16,401- 24,600 164.00
24,601 - 41,100 218.67
41,001 - 68,333 273.33
68,334 - 136,666 355.33
136,667- 273,333 410.00
273,334 - 544,596 544.59

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